• 'Reading the Game' with the Colorado Rapids

    Excited families and students gathered at Flynn Elementary on Tuesday to meet with Colorado Rapids players who signed autographs, taught soccer skills to youngsters and emphasized the importance of reading.

    The visit to Flynn is in conjunction with a unique after school program that the Rapids and students from Regis University are offering called ‘Reading the Game’.

    Leo Flanagan, a Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy Coach, will be running a six-week series of two-day sessions for 20 lucky students. It offers 45 minutes of soccer coaching and drills immediately followed by 45 minutes of supervised reading. It’s a unique opportunity for students to get both rigorous activity and literacy while interacting and having fun with professional athletes.

    Third grader Anthony Jaime spoke for many of his classmates saying excitedly, “It’s so cool to play with real soccer players!”

    In addition the Rapids are giving all the participants a t-shirt and a ticket to an upcoming Rapids game.

    Coach Flanagan was joined by Rapids players Danny Mwanga, Deshorn Brown, Brenton Griffiths and Nick LaBrocca at the initial community meeting. Students got a workout as they ran through drills and learned the game from a pros perspective.

    ‘Reading the Game’ officially began on September 18, 2013 at Harris Park.

    And if getting to play with the Colorado Rapids isn’t enough, the Flynn community can get discounted tickets to see the Rapids play the Seattle Sounders at Dick’s Sporting Goods Field on October 5, 2013! Click here to purchase tickets.

    We will show you more on ‘Reading the Game’ in the next D50 Insider.

    Posted September 19, 2013